[Photo] Harpoon anti-ship missile fired by P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft hits target

On Jun. 24, a P-8A Poseidon from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 successfully fired a Harpoon AGM-84D Block IC missile at the Navy’s Point Mugu Sea Test Range in California and scored a direct hit on a Low Cost Modular Target.

The following image shows the target before and after the hit by “one of the U.S. Navy’s most dependable over-the-horizon all-weather anti-ship missiles, the Harpoon Block IC.”

Harpoon

Image credit: U.S. Navy

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4 Comments

  1. How tall are those Low Cost Modular Targets ? The missile seems to hit too high for a shp

    • That pontoon boat may be abut 20 feet long, and low to the water. Compared to the length and height of a warship, it could be a suitable target to simulate the side of a ship.

      The pontoon boat may be smaller than 20 ft. also, we can’t see the scale.

  2. Bullseye! that works then. What happens to the missile afterwards? do they pick it up from the water?

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